Sun, 25 December 2016
Sun, 18 December 2016
A classroom of children was busy. Each child was drawing a picture. The teacher went from desk to desk admiring each drawing and encouraging each child. She came to one boyâ€™s desk and studied his artwork. â€œWhat are you drawing, Johnny?â€ He answered, â€œGod.â€ The teacher chuckled and said, â€œWhy Johnny, no one knows what God looks like.â€ Without looking up Johnny said with conviction, â€œThey will when I am finished.â€
I want to say something daringâ€”I believe that you will know what God is like after you hear this morningâ€™s message. The reason that I can say that is that the scripture that we are going to read this morning (beginning in John 1:1) presents God in â€œhigh-def.â€
Our prayer is that, having seen Him for who He truly is, you will receive Himâ€”you will prepare Him room.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1 and 14).
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him (John 1:11).
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
Sun, 11 December 2016
Prepare Him Room
â€œThe Night All Heaven Broke Looseâ€
And the angel said to them, â€œFear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, â€œLet us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.â€ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger (Luke 2:15-16).
And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. . . . 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them (Luke 2:17 and 20).
Sun, 4 December 2016
Prepare Him Room
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town (Luke 2:1-3).
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth (Luke 2:4-6).
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).